From empty places to healing spaces

Conversations create space for possibility.

Together, we have the power to make change in our communities, starting with one conversation.


We know that people in economically depressed communities are busy trying to pay bills and keep food on the table. And we know that they have families whom they love and want the best for. Teachers and administrators are busy trying to care for large groups of young people while understanding individual behavior in the institutional environment. These challenges bring tremendous emotional stress. When stressful situations happen, many people feel alone in their struggles.

Through TEA Group conversations, people start to connect their experiences with each other and find support within their own communities.

Together, all members of a community can revitalize home, schools and neighborhoods to be supportive, thriving, and healing spaces.

What matters to you matters to us. 


The TEA Group Mission

From empty places to healing spaces.

We use a conversation framework to build community trust. Our theory of change turns people’s unique experiences into driving forces for positive change within communities.


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Our workshops spark authentic conversation.

We support you to be a positive force for difference making in your own community.

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Conversation workshops

A Series of Conversations

We bring people together to talk about what’s happening in their lives and why it matters to the whole community.

Instead of bringing an outside agenda, we cultivate conversations around the needs and interests of the community. Our conversational workshops set up a framework for honest, healing dialogue to ultimately ignite positive change within a community.

Workshops are designed to create community conversations around specific topics relevant to community members. Most workshops are structured in a 3-6 part series. Topics include:

  • Restorative Practices - How can we restore harmony and understanding between individuals, within families and in communities?

  • Trauma - What kind of trauma has occurred, and how can we heal the negative effects caused by trauma?

  • Advocacy - How can parents and teachers advocate for young people, and how can young people advocate for themselves?

  • Connecting Conversations - What questions and methods generate building trust and healing in individuals, families and the community and how do we cultivate our gifts to energize social and economic transformation?


It felt good to talk about our roles, our why, and our vision for Chester Made moving forward.
— Taylor Tolton, Program and Communications Associate, Pennsylvania Humanities Council
Thank you so much, Fatima, for bringing out the best in all of us and making a space for us to honestly dialogue and explore next steps. I appreciated our time with you today, and I know that the whole team did as well.
— Laurie Zierer, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Humanities Council

Join the conversation on Facebook

Our closed Facebook group is a free, 24/7 support group made up of individuals just like you.

In our Facebook conversation group, you’ll find a support network of other parents, teachers, and human service professionals. You can ask questions and share your experiences with other people who care about the same things you do.